Author Archives: Gilbert Mwijuke

UNWTO: International tourist numbers could fall 60-80% in 2020

Tourists in Murchison Falls National Park in Uganda. International tourism down 22% in Q1 and could decline by 60-80% over the whole year. File photo | Ugandan Explorer

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a 22% fall in international tourist arrivals during the first quarter of 2020, the latest data from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) shows. According to the United Nations specialized agency, the crisis could lead to an annual decline of between 60% and 80% when compared with 2019 figures. This places millions of livelihoods at risk ...

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IMF approves $491.5m to address COVID-19 in Uganda

The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) approved today a disbursement of SDR361 million (about US$491.5 million or 100 percent of quota) for Uganda under the Rapid Credit Facility (RCF). It will help finance the health, social protection and macroeconomic stabilization measures, meet the urgent balance-of-payments and fiscal needs arising from the COVID-19 outbreak and catalyze additional support ...

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Rwanda: Red Rocks Initiatives in COVID-19 wildlife protection appeal

Red Rocks Initiatives for Sustainable Development works to enhance improved standards of living for local communities living around the Virunga Massif. Over the years, these communities have come to appreciate our tourism and environmental conservation initiatives as the best sustainable community empowerment tools and foreign exchange earners. The gains made to this end have however come under threat from the ...

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Saffron Beach Bistro screams romance in romantic Entebbe

By Moses Opobo Saffron Beach Bistro is nestled among the back-to-back row of exquisite, beach-front hospitality establishments along Nambi Road in Entebbe. Walking through the main entrance and peering in, one is immediately struck by the imposing, purple and brown-themed exterior décor of the storeyed main building right ahead, a colour theme that apparently has a lot to do with ...

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Hotel Kontiki in Hoima: the 4-star hotel that stands apart

By Gilbert Mwijuke Hotel Kontiki is not just one of those new additions to Hoima town’s thriving hospitality sector. After spending a few nights here during my recent visit to the town, this is what I can say, unequivocally, about this place: it’s the town’s most inviting establishment – an icon that will be venerated for many years to come. ...

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Get lost: Boeing tells CEO after a tumultuous 2019

Boeing announced today that its Board of Directors has named current Chairman, David L. Calhoun, as Chief Executive Officer and President, effective January 13, 2020. Mr. Calhoun will remain a member of the Board. In addition, Board member Lawrence W. Kellner will become non-executive Chairman of the Board effective immediately. The company also announced that Dennis A. Muilenburg has resigned ...

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British Airways partners with The Diana Award

British Airways has partnered with The Diana Award for the 2019 Legacy Award, hosted by Earl Spencer and held at the Old Royal Naval College yesterday evening. As the official travel partner, British Airways flew Diana Legacy Award winners from around the world to London for the bi-annual Legacy Award ceremony. This unique accolade celebrates the achievements of 20 outstanding ...

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Why Tanzania is an African leader in MICE tourism

Tanzania is emerging as an African leader in the rapidly growing meetings, conferences and events industry. Tanzania’s growth within the business tourism sector has been driven by growing international recognition of a tourism industry second to none in terms of diversity and quality of experiences. As younger business travellers and entrepreneurs increasingly look to combine business and leisure travel, Tanzania ...

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Boeing, SunExpress sign order for 10 additional 737 MAX airplanes

SunExpress is exercising options for 10 additional Boeing 737 MAX 8 airplanes to continue renewing its fleet and growing its position in the leisure travel industry, the airline and Boeing announced today at the Dubai Airshow. The purchase, valued at $1.2 billion according to list prices, adds to a previous SunExpress order for 32 MAX airplanes. “We have a long ...

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Traveller spend in Africa could increase by 27% over the next year

Spend among African travellers could increase by 27 percent over the next year if they were able to move more freely within the continent, new research from Sabre Corporation reveals at today’s 51st African Airlines Association (AFRAA) Annual General Assembly in Mauritius. More than 5,000 people across Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa were asked whether they had travelled by plane ...

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